In a setback to Centre, the Supreme court on Tuesday said that the Madras High Court's stay on Centre's notification on sale of cattle including cows for slaughter will continue and would cover entire country.
The SC forced the Centre to undertake before it that it would not implement these rules, which the Madras high court put on hold on May 30.
The Centre responded to the top court’s order saying it would re-notify the order after considering feedback. The Centre said identification and notification of livestock markets by the various States would also take three months and until then there would be no implementation. The new Regulation of Livestock Market Rules, issued on May 23, had made the sale of cattle for slaughter illegal.
It was added that once the new rules were notified, sufficient time would be given by the Centre for its implementation.
"Needless to say that the interim direction issued by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court shall continue and extend to the entire country,” the SC bench observed on Tuesday.
Earlier, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had stayed the Centre's notification on cattle slaughter ban while the Kerala High Court refused to order a stay on it.
To clear the confusion surrounding the conflicting orders, the Supreme Court today said that Madras High Court's stay on Centre's notification remains operational.
These orders staying the new 'no slaughter' regulations give some reprieve to butchers' business across the country.
The Centre's new 'no slaughter' rules of May 23 include, among other things, written certification from both a seller and a buyer that the sale of cattle is not for slaughter. The buyer - a bonafide farmer who produces dairy products - has to certify that cattle will not be sold within six months.